“Every chapter of this book is worth it, but the last chapter sets the whole thing ablaze. Read this.”
—Chris Brogan, president, Human Business Works; and bestselling author, Trust Agents and Social Media 101
“In this chaotic day and age, merely ‘adapting to change’ is woefully inadequate. In this powerful book, Carson gives us the keys to thriving and succeeding in this and all economies—and that beats adaptation any day.”
—Steve Farber, author, The Radical Leap Re-Energized
“If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail. Nacie Carson’s The Finch Effect provides solid ideas and strategies on how to adapt your career in a new professional paradigm through both preparation and action.”
—Carol Roth, business strategist; New York Times bestselling author, The Entrepreneur Equation
“Unless you’ve been living in a cave with no access to the internet, you no doubt have witnessed our world being turned on its head. The business environment no longer favors people looking for security, loyalty, and certainly not a pension. The Finch Effect sheds light on what traits allow people to thrive in today’s economic environment, how to adapt these traits, and how to evolve faster to prepare for the next big shift!”
—John Haydon, founder, Inbound Zombie; author, Facebook Marketing for Dummies
“Nacie Carson brings a fresh mindset and solid experience to show us how to win again in times of vocational Darwinism and the ‘gig economy.’ Her ability to distill ideas and support them with situations and stories we all recognize makes The Finch Effect a crucial tool for taking back control of our businesses, our careers, and our lives.”
—Liz Strauss, social business strategist; author, Successful-Blog
"The collision of chronically high unemployment with an expanding global workforce (among other factors) has turned the American job market into an ongoing survival-of-the-fittest scenario where professionals have a clear choice: evolve their careers or risk career extinction."
—From Chapter One
In On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin famously observed that the beaks of each generation of Galapagos Island finches change to accommodate shifting food resources, allowing the birds to survive by adapting their capabilities to the new environment. Today's business people should take note: in the post-crisis economy, counting on traditional career strategies spells professional extinction. But for those willing to adapt and take their career fates in hand, there are tremendous opportunities ahead.
In this breakthrough resource, career expert Nacie Carson shares a set of five strategies, the "Finch Effect" (named in honor of Darwin's avian inspirations), that helps professionals at any stage of their career to not only survive changes in the world of work but to thrive on them:
Adopt a gig mindset: Stop waiting for the job market to "go back to normal" and instead reframe your perspective to create new—and more interesting—career ladders.
Identify Your Professional Value: Isolate, differentiate, and leverage what makes you stand out from other professionals.
Cultivate Your Skills: Identify how to develop the skills central to your new professional brand to their highest potential.
Nurture Your Social Network: Learn to craft, package, and communicate your adaptive professional brand through social media—or learn to do it better.
Harness Your Entrepreneurial Energy: Build and employ entrepreneurial skills andtactics to optimize your position in the new world of work.
The Finch Effect is filled with the strategiesand information you need to earn big, achieve your potential, and remain at the top of thework food chain.
A few years ago, one of my coworkers left his job for a new opportunity. The company never hired a replacement for him. Shortly after he left, I left. Read morePublished 18 months ago by JoeC
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Ms. Carson has hit the nail on the head for creating my personal brand in this new era--taking the personal... Read more
The author provides practical tips for surviving in the new Gig economy. Gone are the days of working for only one company. Read morePublished on December 9, 2012 by Gail Radcliffe
I am currently looking for independent sales agents to sell my advertising and marketing product and services suite. Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by Michael B. Bussiere
Nacie has a light and approachable style and she infuses that into all of her writing. I have managed to devour my fair share of career books but The Finch Effect stood out for... Read morePublished on October 19, 2012 by Melani Clare Ward
I just finished the book, The Finch Effect: The Five Strategies to Adapt and Thrive in Your Working Life, by Nacie Carson. Read morePublished on October 16, 2012 by Drew A. Tewell
If you're reading this review, then chances are good that you're wondering what's next for your career. Read morePublished on October 2, 2012 by S. Elizabeth Marshall
The Finch Effect provides great insight on how to approach the current job market, while considering your personal motivation/passion. Read morePublished on September 26, 2012 by Justin